South African-born batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter set up a convincing 40-run win for England on Saturday.
The pair came together in the first over of England’s innings, and proceeded to rack up an important partnership of 94. Pietersen’s 53 was scored off just 33 deliveries while Kieswetter was more circumspect. Although Johan Botha bowled tightly, the English batsmen were ruthless in their approach to quicks like Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
After a slow start, the South African run chase faltered with Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith and Albie Morkel falling in quick succession. JP Duminy weighed in with an important 39, but in the end, the Proteas were forced to take risks. Credit should go to the miserly English spin bowling, as Graeme Swann continues to enjoy success against South Africa.
The lower order failed to provide adequate resistance and ensure the Proteas finished their allotted overs. Given the importance of net run rate in the Super 8s, this failure could affect their play-off prospects.
England 168-7 (20 overs)
Kevin Pietersen 53, Craig Kieswetter 41, Johan Botha 2-15.
South Africa – 129 (19 overs)
JP Duminy 39, Graeme Swann 3-24, Ryan Sidebottom 3-23, Michael Yardy 2-31.
England won by 40 runs
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